Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.


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Series cast summary:
Graham Cole ...
 PC Tony Stamp / ... (1,093 episodes, 1984-2009)
Trudie Goodwin ...
 Sgt. June Ackland / ... (897 episodes, 1984-2007)
 P.C. Reg Hollis / ... (894 episodes, 1984-2008)
Simon Rouse ...
 DCI Jack Meadows / ... (844 episodes, 1990-2010)
 D.C. Jim Carver / ... (731 episodes, 1984-2007)
Eric Richard ...
 Sgt. Bob Cryer / ... (693 episodes, 1984-2004)
Colin Tarrant ...
 Insp. Andrew Monroe / ... (637 episodes, 1990-2002)
 P.C. Dave Quinnan / ... (615 episodes, 1987-2002)
Tony O'Callaghan ...
 Sgt. Matthew Boyden / ... (614 episodes, 1989-2003)
Huw Higginson ...
 P.C. George Garfield / ... (566 episodes, 1989-2000)
Lisa Geoghan ...
 W.P.C. Polly Page / ... (539 episodes, 1992-2004)


Uniform officers and detectives from Sun Hill police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis. A policeman's job is much more than just catching criminals; in order to survive each day they must deal with frustrating members of the public, and often their own colleagues. From petty thieves to violent drug dealers, life is never easy for the members of the Metropolitan Police Force. Written by ttl

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

16 October 1984 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Lov og uorden  »

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(1988-1998) | (1984-1988, 1998-2010)

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1.33 : 1
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In the early years of the show, the location of Sun Hill was given as the real London borough of Tower Hamlets. At some point later on the location was changed to the fictional borough of Canley, which corresponds to the real borough of Tower Hamlet on maps. See more »


PC Tony Stamp: Everything alright up there?
PC Ben Gayle: We got a dead body!
PC Tony Stamp: I'll take that as a no then...
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Crazy Credits

There were actually three versions of the credits featuring the plodding feet. There was a blue-tint version used in the original episodes in the 1980s, a 1990s fuzzy, overcast version and mid-1990s fine weather version. See more »


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A good series spiralling into absurdity
12 January 2003 | by (Bury, England) – See all my reviews

'The Bill', along with the BBC's medical shows 'Holby City' and 'Casualty' has been transformed from a popular drama series into a straightforward soap opera. The clearest sign of this is the steady replacement of the old cast over recent years with refugees from 'East Enders', 'Coronation Street' and 'Brookside'. The problem with this is that instead of the old format where crimes would be investigated each week with characters' personal lives providing occasional subplots, the two have become merged. Each crime in Sun Hill now involves one of the regular's wife/lover/child/brother etc. Long lost friends and relatives appear out of the blue to be gunned down or abducted. Like Holby City in particular the plots have become ever more sensational and ludicrous. Several of the cast who were to be written out perished in a fire at the Police Station-started by one of the other characters!This character is still in the show and his crime has now been quietly forgotten. Another character was kidnapped and murdered by a female serial killer who was so over the top she practically foamed at the mouth.The Superintendent went mad and shot himself, but not before getting another of the characters pregnant. Every regular is having an affair with or secretly fancies one of the others. At least three of the regular characters are seriously deranged, one is a drug addict and another a complete crook. Some of the characters, including the new ones are engaging and well acted-my interest in the show always revives when Suprintendent Okaro, Inspector Gina Gold or DCI Jack Meadows are involved and actually carrying out police work. The Bill's revamp has apparently increased its audience significantly, but can it avoid sinking under the weight of its increasingly top-heavy and absurd plotlines?

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